To the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Please do your job and enforce better emission standards.
We live in Mt. Lebanon, about 20 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh, and often we have to close our windows because the air smells like burning coal. Last Saturday, for example, I waited hoping the air would clear so I could take a walk. It never did blow away until much later that day. On Sunday we were again subjected to the same.
Our glass-top patio table is often coated with what seems to be black soot. The bottom of the dog’s water bowl gets a coating of black particles, and one hopes they are not mercury-contaminated.
We are retired, have no family ties to Pittsburgh and have been staying here because we love this city. If we are shortening our lives by breathing in this air, however, we need to rethink things.
The EPA needs to do its job and protect our air, water and lives. No amount of ill-earned gains justifies doing otherwise.